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Marco Antonio Rubio

    Marco Rubio is a Republican U.S. senator elected in 2010 to represent Florida. He defeated Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent candidate, and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democratic candidate, in an unusual three-way Senate race. Rubio previously served in the Florida House of Representatives, including two years as House Speaker.

    Marco Rubio was born in Miami on May 28, 1971, his parents both Cuban exiles. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. He and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio, live in West Miami with their four children.

    1. Chinese government pays for trip by aides to Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen


      WASHINGTON — Top aides to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, two of the most vehement anti-Communist voices in Washington, took an all expenses paid trip to China this month courtesy of the Chinese government.

      A Chinese couple walks outside the Forbidden City at Tiananmen Square on June 2, in Beijing, China. Twenty-five years ago on June 4, 1989, Chinese troops cracked-down on pro-democracy protesters leaving scores dead and injured.  [Getty Images]
    2. Immigration protesters interrupt Sen. Marco Rubio (w/video)

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      A year ago this month, Sen. Marco Rubio was heckled as he took the stage at a conservative gathering in Orlando.

      Protesters shout at Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as supporters try to usher them out during U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s “Faith and Freedom BBQ” in Anderson, S.C., on Monday.
    3. Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policies on Cuba, migration

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      Buried amid widespread calls that the young migrants fleeing to the southern U.S. border be returned home is a question of fairness with a strong Florida connection: If Cubans who flee their country are welcomed, why aren't those escaping gang violence and drug trafficking?

    4. Sen. Marco Rubio wants to 'wind down' program for immigrant youth


      WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday called for an end to President Barack Obama's program that grants legal status to immigrant youth brought to the United States by their parents.

      Sen. Marco Rubio is eyeing a run for president in 2016.
    5. The Buzz for July 23: Rubio suggests Clinton too old

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      Marco Rubio, 43, found a way to call Hillary Rodham Clinton, 66, old without calling her old.

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    6. Marco Rubio's pitch for middle class suggests 2016 platform

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      WASHINGTON — If Sen. Marco Rubio runs for president in 2016, it will be possible to look back to a packed room a few blocks from the Capitol on Wednesday as the birthplace of his platform.

      Sen. Marco Rubio poses with a young woman who attended his speech Wednesday at the Washington campus of Hillsdale College, a conservative school based in Michigan. His speech was titled "Finding Economic Security on an Insecure Time." ALEX LEARY | Times
    7. Democratic operatives train eyes, cameras on Rick Scott's every move


      WASHINGTON — Everywhere Florida Gov. Rick Scott goes, they go.

      An American Bridge staffer reviews a video of Gov. Rick Scott facing reporters in Miami in April.
    8. Sen. Marco Rubio: Feds should end Bright Futures investigation

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      TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Marco Rubio is asking the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to end its inquiry into Florida's Bright Futures scholarship program.

    9. Attacked for position on climate change, Marco Rubio explains himself

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      Marco Rubio denies being a climate-change denier. But the Florida senator isn't a believer, either.

      Call him a skeptic. For now.

    10. Rubio: Open Congress' retirement to all workers


      WASHINGTON — Younger workers would face higher retirement ages and wealthier Americans would see their Social Security paychecks trail their less-affluent neighbors under a plan proposed Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

      “The Social Security trust fund is drying up,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday in Washington. The Florida Republican said the safety net for retirees will run into debt in 2033 if changes are not made. “This is not a scare tactic.  . . . It is a mathematical certainty if things remain unchanged.” He’s shown taking his seat at a luncheon at the National Press Club.